Born 1933 in McPherson, KS
Died 2008 in San Francisco, CA

Education

1956 B.F.A., Nebraska University
1956 Brooklyn Museum Art School
1957 University of Colorado

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2017
Bruce Conner: A Movie, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK (5/7-7/4/17)
Bruce Conner: Forever and Ever, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY (11/11/17—3/2/18)
2016
Bruce Conner: An Assemblage of Films, Co-presented with Aurora Picture Show, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2/12/16)
A Movie: Bruce Conner, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (11/11/16 –1/14/17)
Bruce Conner: Dennis Hopper One Man Show, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (9/15 – 11/12/16)
Bruce Conner: IT’S ALL TRUE, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (7/3-10/2/16); SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (10/29/16-1/29/17); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2/21/17-5/22/17)
Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (5/3 – 7/15/16)
2015
CROSSROADS by Bruce Conner, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK (6/12 - 7/18/15)
EC: Conner/Conrad, Film Screening, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY (5/3/15)
Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (4/30 – 6/26/15)
YES! Glue: A Half-Century of Collage by Bruce and Jean Conner, American University Museum, Washington DC (4/4 – 5/24/15); travels: University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA (2/18-3/13/16)
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Jose, CA (2/7 – 5/16/15)
2014
Bruce Conner: Crossroads 1976, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (11/8 – 12/20/14)
Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Print, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS (9/5 – 12/14/14)
Bruce Conner: Inkblot Drawings 1992-2003, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (2/12 – 3/15/14)
2013
Bruce Conner, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (5/7 – 6/21/13)
2012
Afterimage: The Prints of Bruce Conner, Senior & Shopmaker, New York (9/20 - 11/17/12)
Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (3/20-6/24/12)
2011
Bruce Conner – Falling Leaves: An Anonymous Memorial, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2010
Bruce Conner: 1970’s, curated by Gerald Matt and Barbara Steffen, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (traveled to Kunsthalle Zurich)
I am Not Bruce Conner, Ursula Blickle Foundation, Krachtal, Germany
Bruce Conner, Inova/Kenilworth Institute, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts
4 1/2, Creative Time, New York, NY
Long Play: Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection, SFMOMA, San Francisco (SFMOMA’s 75th Anniversary), curated by Rudolf Frieling
The Late Bruce Conner, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Bruce Conner in the 70s, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Bruce Conner Discovered, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Intelligent Design: Untitled Lithographs 1970-1971, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2008
Applause, Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan
Mabuhay Gardens, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2007
Punks (1978) and Dead Ashes (1997), Eve-Ray-Forever (1965/2006), Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Conner, Art Basel, 2007, Basel, Switzerland
EVE-RAY-FOREVER,Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland
Bruce Conner, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
2006
Punk Photographs, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
Good Vibrations, Centro Arte Contemporanea Papese, Italy
Of Mice and Men, 2006 Berlin Biennale
The Big Nothing, ICA Universiity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
In The Poem About Love You Don’t Write The Word Love, Artists Space, New York
Semina Culture, Grey Art Gallery, New York
Rough Trade, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Thank You for the Music, Galerie Spruth Magers, Munich
2005
After Conner: Anonymous, Anonymouse and Emily Feather, Katzen Art Center Museum, American University, Washington, D.C.
Conner Obscura, Film Screening, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Conner, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Conner, Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Emily Feather: Inkblot Drawings, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Conner : Punk Photos: 1978, Luke(DVD): 2004, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
2004
Bruce Conner: Prints, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
Bruce Conner and Company, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Conner: Tapestries, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Films of Bruce Conner, The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
2003
The Dennis Hopper One Man Show Vol. II, Susan Inglett, New York
Site and Insight: An Assemblage of Artists, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
2002
2002 B.C., Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
A Silent Peotry, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
An Evening of Bruce Conner Films:, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Sunday Afternoon, 303 Gallery, New York
Ferus, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2001
Obsessions, University Art Gallery, UC, San Diego, CA
Ce Qui Arrive, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
2000
Bruce Conner : Early Assemblages and Recent Inkblot Drawings, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Conner, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA, June 2000
Bruce Conner: Wood Engraving Collages 1961-1996, Susan Inglett, New York, NY
Dead Punks and Ashes, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
Asynchronous snapping of the Synapses: Permanent Collection Works by Bruce Conner, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
2000 B.C.: The Bruce Conner Story Part II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, October 2000
2000 B.C.: The Bruce Conner Story Part II, M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, May, 2000
2000 B.C.: The Bruce Conner Story Part II, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, February, 2000
1999
2000 B.C.: The Bruce Conner Story Part II, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, October, 1999
Looking for Mushrooms, Bruce Conner Drawings 1960-1968, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March 1999
1998
Bruce Conner, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Fearful Symmetry: Inkblot Drawings and Engraving Collages, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce Conner: Engraving Collages, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas
1996
Elite Novelties: Salon Art of the Nineties, Thirteen Engraving Collages by Bruce Conner, Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1995
Bruce Conner: 15 Beautiful Mysteries, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
Prints and Multiples, I.C. Editions, New York
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
1993
Kohn Abrams Gallery, Los Angeles
Gallery Paule Anglim
Zabriskie Gallery, New York
1992
Feigen Gallery, Chicago
Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
1991
Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto
1990
Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica
1989
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto
1988
56, Bleecker Gallery LTD, New York
1987
Pink and Pearl Gallery, San Diego
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
1986
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1985
Bruce Conner: Photograms, Art Museum Association of America, San Francisco (Traveling Exhibition)
1983
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto
1980-81
North Point Gallery, San Francisco
1977
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
1976
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco
1975
Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco
1974-75
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Wadsworth Athenaum, Hartford, Connecticut; Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles; Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
1974
Galerie Smith-Andersen, Palo Alto
Tyler Art Museum, Tyler, Texas
Quay Gallery, San Francisco
1973
Texas Gallery, Houston
1972
Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
James Willis Gallery, San Francisco
Texas Gallery, Houston
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles
1971
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles
Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco
1967
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1966
Quay Gallery, San Francisco
1965
Alan Gallery, New York
Galeries “J”, Paris
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston
University of British Columbia Art Gallery
1964
Batman Gallery, San Francisco
Alan Gallery, New York
George Lester Gallery, Rome
Robert Fraser Gallery, London
1963
Neallie Sullivan Award, San Francisco Art Association
Drawings by Bruce Conner, Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas (2/10 – 3/3/1963)
Alan Gallery, New York
Swetzoff Gallery, Boston
1962
Glantz Gallery, Mexico City
Antonio Souza Gallery, Mexico City
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles
1960
Alan Gallery, New York
Batman Gallery, San Francisco
1959
Spatsa Gallery, San Francisco
1958
Designers Gallery, San Francisco
East West Gallery, San Francisco
1956
Rienzi Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions

2017
DOUBLES, DOBROS, PLIEGUES, PARES, TWINS, MITADES, The Warehouse, Syracuse, NY (7/10-12/31/17)
Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France (9/20/17-1/7/18)
2016
Uma Cancão para o Rio / A Song for Rio, a collaboration between Fortes d’Aloia & Gabriel and Douglas Fogle & Hanneke Skerath, Fortes d’Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Part 1: 11/22/16-1/19/17 and Part II: 2/4/17-3/18/17)
Beat Generation, Centre Pompidou, Paris (6/22-10/3/16)
YES! Glue- A Half-Century of Collage by Bruce and Jean Conner, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, CA (2/18-3/13/ 2016)
Blackboxing, Room East, New York, NY (1/17-2/21/16)
2015
Bruce Conner & Ed Ruscha: Smoke and Mirrors, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (10/1 – 11/25/15)
Berlin Atonal, Berlin, Germany (8/19-23/2015, Screening: 8/22/15)
The West Coast Avant-Garde, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (7/17 – 9/8/15)
Selections from the Kramarsky Collection, David Zwirner, New York, NY (5/2 – 6/20/15)
America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (5/1 – 9/27/15)
Leftcoast: California Political Art, James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY (4/15 – 5/29/15)
Dissolving Margins, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (3/19 – 4/18/2015)
flats, Team Gallery, New York, NY (1/18 – 2/15/15)
2014
ordinary freaks - The Principle of Coolness in Pop Culture, Theatre and Museum, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (9/28– 11/20/14)
The Illusion of Light, Palazzo Grassi, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy (4/13 – 12/31/14)
2013
Revisioning History, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY (10/4 – 11/27/13)
Station to Station, Public art project organized by Doug Aitken, Train traveling from New York to San Francisco (9/6 – 9/28/13)
Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper from the Collection of BNY Mellon, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (2/23 – 5/26/23)
Rhythm in it: On Rhythm in Contemporary Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
Surface Tension, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
Répétition: 1960–1975, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2012
Over, Under, Next, curated by Evelyn Hankins, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC
Mabuhay Gardens: Punk Photography and Collage, Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2/29 – 3/31/12)
Carte Blanche á Paula Cooper Gallery, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France (10/19 – 11/24/12)
INTER RUPTION, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011
An exhibition of works by Conner, Kusama, and Marclay, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper, The Katonah Museum of Art, New York
2010
25th Anniversary Show, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Sunless, curated by Walead Beshty, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Shred, curated by Carlo McCormick, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, NY
2009
California Maximalism, Foundation 20 21/Nyehaus, New York
Metamorphosis Victorianus, Ubu Gallery, curated by Meredith Harper, New York
Source Codes, Sprueth Magers, Berlin
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collections, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Messages and Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2008
2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, CA
The Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, CA
On the Road, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
Looking for Mushrooms, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Philadelphia, PA
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Tapestry, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
The Third Mind, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Be-Bomb, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Barcelona, Spain
Pioneers curated by Jens Hoffman, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
2004
Lost But Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, SITE Santa Fe’s 5th International Biennial, New Mexico
2003
Site and Insight: an assemblage of Artists, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY
Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Stranger in the Village, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Not Exactly Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
No War, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
Unknown Quantity, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Ferus, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Sunday Afternoon, 303gallery, New York
A Silent Poetry, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2001
Obsessions, University Art Gallery, UCSD, San Diego
The Universe: Creation, Constellations and the Cosmos, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA,
2000
Cross-Currents in Modern Art: A Tribute to Peter Selz, Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York, NY
Tamarind: Forty Years, University of New Mexico Art Museum
Celebrating Modern Art: Highlights of the Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1999
The American Century, Art & Culture 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Art of Collaborative Printmaking: Smith Andersen Editions, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Homage to the San Francisco Art Institute, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibition, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
Impressing the Body, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Meaning and Message: Contemporary Art from the Museum Collection, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Second Impressions, Meaning and Message in Contemporary Art, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
The Great Drawing Show: 1550 to 1999, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Pattern, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY
Drawn from Artists’ Collections, The Drawing Center, New York, NYRadical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960 – 1974, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
1997
Biennial 1997, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Scene of the Crime. Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Bruce Conner and Barbara Ess, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Media in Media, Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Ljubjana, Slovenia
1996
Art and Film, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Travels)
Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Conner and Dennis Hopper, Paula Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995
Beat Culture and the New America: 1950-1965, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Rational World, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A Bay Area Connection: Works from the Anderson Collection, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
1968 SMS, I.C. Editions, Inc., New York
Sight/Vision: The Urban Milieu, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

1994 Drawn in the 70’s, Brook Alexander Gallery, New York

1993
Zabriskie Gallery, New York
Kohn Abrams Gallery, Los Angeles
1991
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
1989-90
40 Years of California Assemblage, Curated by Ann Ayres; Wight Art Gallery, Los Angeles; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
1986
Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York
Sight Vision the Urban, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1983
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
1982
100 Years of California Sculpture, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
California Art of the 60’s, deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara, California
The Americans: The Collage, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas
1978
Aspekte der 60er Jahre, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, West Germany
1977
Paris/New York, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Perceptions of the Spirit, Indianapolis Museum of Art; University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Improbable Furniture, Institute of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
1975
Drawing Show, Newport Harbor Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California
Poets of the Cities, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
1972
Family Show, Quay Gallery, San Francisco; Jaqueline Anhalt Gallery, Los Angeles
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
1967
Funk Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Sculpture of the 60’s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
1964
Nieuwe Realisten, The Hague, The Netherlands
1963
66th Annual of American Painting, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago
1962
50 California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
1961
Illinois Biennial
1960
Gang Bang, Batman Gallery, San Francisco
1958
San Francisco Art Association Annual
1957
Six Gallery, San Francisco

Updated: November 1, 2017